Champlin officer in memorial bike ride: ‘The pain I feel now is nothing compared to theirs’

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Champlin Police Officer Matt Smith prepares for a 250-mile bike ride from Chesapeake, Va., to Washington, D.C., to honor fallen heroes and their families.

Champlin Police Officer Matt Smith prepares for a 250-mile bike ride from Chesapeake, Va., to Washington, D.C., to honor fallen heroes and their families.

Champlin Police Officer Matt Smith recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he participated in a 250-mile bike ride, The Road to Hope, to honor families of fallen officers. The Road to Hope — Law Enforcement United’s (LEU) annual memorial bike ride ­— is part of National Police Week.

Smith is traveling with other local officers who comprise “Team Minnesota” but the cause is national. National Police Week draws in 25,000 to 40,000 supporters each year from departments throughout the United States and other agencies around the world.

“I became aware of LEU’s mission this past year and learned that I could help make a difference in supporting the survivors of officers killed in the line of duty and making sure the officers themselves are never forgotten,” Champlin Police Officer Matt Smith said. “I feel it is my duty to step up and support these families, especially the children, of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while fulfilling their commitment to protect and serve their communities.”

Continue reading this Press & News story by Megan Hopps.

 

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